Media Advisory: Updated location: Rice to host groundbreaking for new music building Dec. 7

By Newsroom America Feeds at 7 Dec 12:05

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MEDIA NOTE: Due to weather conditions, the location for the groundbreaking event has been changed to the Grand Foyer of Alice Pratt Brown Hall.

David Ruth 713-348-6327 david@rice.edu

Amy McCaig 713-348-6777 amym@rice.edu

Rice to host groundbreaking for new music building Dec. 7

HOUSTON – (Dec. 7, 2017) – Rice University will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking today for a new music building that together with the Shepherd School of Music's Alice Pratt Brown Hall and the adjoining plaza will form the Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center.

Who: Rice University.

http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/12/East-facade_final-1-1gym4eh.jpgWhat: Ceremonial groundbreaking for a new music building that together with the Shepherd School of Music's Alice Pratt Brown Hall and the adjoining plaza will form the Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center.

When: 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

Where: Grand Foyer of Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St.

The 84,000-square-foot facility will house a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style theater with an orchestra pit for 70 musicians. It will be the first theater with this particular configuration among U.S. universities and conservatories.

Designed by Allan Greenberg Architect LLC, an architectural firm with offices in New York City and Alexandria, Va., the structure will offer premium performance space for opera and chamber music, meet the growing need for rehearsal and practice space and provide a hallmark venue to attract and host high-profile speakers.

Collaborating with Allan Greenberg on the design of the building’s theater and orchestra pit were theater planning and design consultants Fisher Dachs Associates and acoustic consultants Threshold Acoustics. The new theater will feature a state-of-the-art “pin-drop” acoustic experience created by Threshold Acoustics.

The venue is slated to open in late 2020 with performances and public events.

Media interested in attending the groundbreaking should contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu (mailto:amy.hodges@rice.edu) .

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Related materials:

Shepherd School of Music website: https://music.rice.edu/

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Photo credit: Rice Shepherd School of Music.

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